Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information Officer (2 posts), P3
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 February 2018 - 29 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-92572-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UN News / English unit of the News I Section in the News and Content Branch of the News and Media Division of the Department of Public Information (DPI).

The Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes, and multimedia pieces for the UN News digital platform, incorporating audio and video elements, as well as social media content. It serves as the news agency of the UN system worldwide, covering stories from the field, meetings of principal UN bodies, campaigns, events and activities. Overall, UN News delivers content in eight languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Kiswahili). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the News I Section.


Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Ensures implementation of information programmes to publicize priority issues and/or major events, including drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
•Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
•Researches and writes news and creates multimedia feature materials, including audio and video clips, on system-wide UN activities for posting on the UN News website and inclusion in other news-related products of the News Services Section.
•Ensures timely and accurate coverage of key United Nations developments at Headquarters and around the world, including through regular weekend duty shifts and evenings as needed.
•Undertakes activities to promote UN News content via social media channels, monitoring social media trends to adjust distribution methods and keeping track of developments on social media platforms, to include development of social media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active social media outreach efforts, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage.
•Produces or oversees production of multimedia feature stories that incorporate original video clips and embedded video from the wider UN system, whenever possible, as well as working in close and quick coordination with the News Editor and colleagues at UN News, as well as UNIFEED, UN Photo and iSeek to share interviews/backgrounders, latest photos and other visuals for the story.
•Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, drafts of news stories, under the direction of senior editorial staff, and provides assistance in developing, generating, assigning and editing news and multimedia feature materials.
•Monitors a wide range of UN developments and news sources, including official press releases, statements, news conferences, briefings and meetings of various bodies; conducting interviews and transcribing recordings of various press encounters, as necessary, for use as source material.
•Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies.
•Helps maintain and update content of the entire UN News website, including In Focus pages, interviews and photo stories, as well as related new media sites.
•Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.


Knowledge of digital journalism. Political awareness and judgment and knowledge of international current affairs. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to write and edit compelling online news content and create multimedia feature content, with attention to accuracy and political sensitivity, making use of sound, images and words, and to make effective on-air presentations. Knowledge of digital editing technology and of multimedia platforms. Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to complex and/or sensitive issues. Proven experience managing social media properties and multimedia pages, as well as developing and posting content for them. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public relations or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Experience covering international affairs in a journalistic style by drafting and writing news and feature stories to daily deadlines for digital news portal required. Experience creating multimedia content, including audio and video clips, in a news environment is required. Experience in digital desk-top audio editing, content management posting or digital publishing is required. Experience with creating social media ready content and social media platforms is desirable. Experience working in an international organization, a UN media environment, or another international media organization environment, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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